Inhaled treatments work better for children suffering from asthma compared to other methods of treatment,say scientists after comparing the effectiveness and safety of different medicines.
Although several medications are available to help children control asthma, clinical trials directly comparing them have not been conducted, reported health portal News Medical.
For the first time, researchers in the Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) compared the effectiveness and safety of three different medicines for initial daily therapy for school-aged children with mild to moderate persistent asthma.
The researchers, who studied 285 children aged six to 14 years, found that after 48 weeks, inhaled corticosteroidsm, an asthma drug, were the most effective initial daily therapy for children with mild to moderate persistent asthma.
These results support the current asthma clinical guidelines, which recommend inhaled corticosteroids as the preferred initial therapy for children with mild to moderate asthma.